Knowledge is power, especially these days. However, there are dozens of resources out there that make the process of choosing the right nursing home, staying up to date with developments, and deciding on the best care options for you and loved ones more difficult and confusing. We’ve shared some great resources before, but having these things at your fingertips is always helpful, so we’ve gathered another 5 resources for senior citizens that you’ll want to check out.
National Center on Elder Abuse
The National Center on Elder Abuse, or NCEA, conducts extensive research regarding nursing homes, abuse, care, and professionals in the industry. Their goal is to make this information available to the public so it can help inform both consumers and policy makers. They also provide practical assistance in improving how care is approached, help ensure public policies align with best practices, and provide training and educational services to help identify and prevent abuse.
The Alzheimer’s Association is an advocacy, research, and educational group dedicated to the eradication of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Alzheimer’s is one of the most prevalent diseases among America’s elderly population, and thanks to the hundreds of research projects conducted by The Alzheimer’s Association we now better understand the disease and are closer to finding a cure. They also offer support groups, detection education, care guides and more.
The Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE) is an advocacy group primarily based in Pennsylvania, but with a nation-wide reach that offers assistance to senior citizens and organizes advocacy campaigns. Some of their work includes the CARIE Line (a free service that offers information, counseling, and more), ombudsman services, public policy advocacy, and resources for caregivers regarding nursing homes, elder abuse, and more.
“Difficult is not a Diagnosis” Fact Sheet
In a previous blog post, we mentioned the far too frequent use (and often abuse) of antipsychotic drugs on the elderly, so we had to include this fact sheet from The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care. This fact sheet describes an often familiar situation for primary caregivers (usually family members): their loved one is “acting out” in their nursing home and a doctor wants to prescribe an antipsychotic medication. Best care practices, care planning, and more are covered in this fact sheet that could help avoid unnecessary drugs.
Aging in Place
Aging in Place is an organization designed to connect seniors and their loved ones to resources that can help them find the best possible care as they age. Staying at home is the absolute ideal situation as you get older, and Aging in Place makes sure everyone who wishes to take this course has everything they need in order to make that happen – as well as what they need if a nursing home is preferred or necessary.
We hope these resources help you prepare for life’s next phases. If you or a loved one have been a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, call Gharibian Law (877-875-1119) today for a free consultation and the best in legal representation.